The Gwaelod Y Garth is a stone built pub in the village of Gwaelod – Y – Garth, located within the boundary of the City and County of Cardiff. The pub and village name is derived from the Welsh for “Foothills of the Garth” as that is exactly its location. It is a popular meeting place, the hub of the local community and for ramblers and cyclists, even the occasional hand gliding enthusiast, it is a popular starting and finishing point.
Spectacular views across the valley are offered from the windows and from the beer garden.
Present licensees Richard and Barbara Angell have been at the helm for a number of years and the pub goes from strength to strength, unlike many local pubs that are struggling to survive.
So why is the pub such a success? Well, both licensees are committed to quality; Richard in particular is a keen and committed Real Ale fan. With usually a choice of 5 well kept good quality Real Ales on offer at any time, it’s no wonder that this Branch last year voted it as a “Highly Commended” pub. And, just to add to that award, the Branch has gone one step further this year and it has become our Pub of the Year. This is no mean feat as it was up against 300 licensed establishments in the area. Well done both.
For those who have yet to visit the Gwaelod Y Garth, expect a warm welcome. You will find a single “L” shaped public area with an adjoining games room. There is a further, so far, un-used room that Richard intends to open as a bar in due course. That room is actually underground, beneath the car park, and Richard, with a good background in the building industry, will be well qualified to carry out the conversion. Upstairs is a restaurant serving high quality meals.
During the day, a bus from Cardiff, hourly (route 26b) passes the pub. Unfortunately there is no evening service, but it’s a 25 minute walk from Taffs Well rail station and even less if you know the way from the main road in Taffs Well.
You will not regret going out of your way to find the Gwaelod y Garth!
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